#WorldRhinoDay #RoastedForACause

#WorldRhinoDay #RoastedForACause

Photo Credit: Chris van Zyl On 22 September, we celebrate World Rhino Day. This year is a special celebration: the first time in five years that fewer than 1000* rhinos were poached in one year. The recorded number of rhino poached in 2018 is still a staggering 769, but there has been a steady decline nationally in the number of rhinos poached in South Africa since 2016. Last year, we also saw the first successful prosecution of the notorious Ndlovu rhino poaching gang in Grahamstown High Court. The overall decline in rhino poaching may be attributed to successful interventions including Anti-Poaching Units (APU) supported by specially-trained K9 units; advanced rhino monitoring and tracking; translocating rhinos to private reserves; and – perhaps most importantly – the collaboration, commitment and dedication of people and businesses raising awareness and funding to protect our last remaining rhino. A pertinent example is Mastertons Coffee & Tea Specialists, crafters of the ‘Chipembere’ Rhino Coffee Blend, roasted for a cause. Driven to protect our rhino and inspired by the conservation efforts of Chipembere Rhino Foundation, Mastertons donates R5 for every 250 grams of ‘Chipembere’ coffee purchased by retailers and coffee-loving rhino supporters to Chipembere Rhino Foundation, contributing significantly to their rhino conservation efforts. Indulging in a cup of ‘Chipembere’ coffee is just one of the ways you can contribute to this worthwhile cause. The unwavering support from retailers that stock ‘Chipembere’ coffee and coffee-lovers countrywide enjoying Chipembere coffee blend has already contributed significantly to the protection of our rhinos, empowering Anti-Poaching Units through initiatives such as a specially trained anti-poaching K9 team in the Eastern Cape;...
Eastern Cape APU teams trained as Combat Man Trackers

Eastern Cape APU teams trained as Combat Man Trackers

Well-trained and competent field rangers with an advanced skill set that includes the efficient tracking of humans, are an increasingly vital tool for Anti-Poaching Units (APUs) to successfully manage and counter the escalating threat of poaching of rhino and elephant for their horn and ivory. Eight highly skilled APU rangers from three private game reserves recently attended an advanced eight-day SASSETA (Safety & Security Sector Education Training Authority) accredited Combat Man Tracker Training course at Kwandwe Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, thanks to a Chipembere Rhino Foundation funded and Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) coordinated collaboration. The expert facilitation of the training course is also a joint initiative between the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and Counter Insurgency Tracker Training (CITT). The course was designed to contribute to curbing the current poaching crisis in South Africa by upskilling APU and field rangers to identify signs of human activity and human tracks left by poachers and to identify and react to illegal and criminal activity in their areas of operation. “Within the current legal system, poachers are in many instances not convicted due to technicalities. For this reason, it is imperative that field rangers or game guards conducting counter-poaching operations are qualified, at a national level, in man tracking,” explains Colin Patrick, co-founder of CITT, who is a qualified professional hunter and Senior Tracker; an accredited training provider with the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA); and an approved Sasseta and Cathseta assessor. “The training serves to impart the skills, knowledge and tactics required for trackers to be successful and efficient, thereby maximising their effectiveness in the...
Irish GoHop Supports Local Rhino Conservation

Irish GoHop Supports Local Rhino Conservation

Across the globe, the plight of our precious few remaining rhinos touch the hearts of those who care about saving our heritage for future generations. “The sad truth is that poaching really affects all of us selling safari experiences. At GoHop.ie, we took the decision to donate to conservation from every booking made to South Africa,” says Andre Migliarina, Product Manager at Irish-owned and managed GoHop.ie. GoHop.ie is part of the Atlas Travel Group, which consists of two companies: Atlas Travel Services, the parent company specialising in corporate travel; and The GoHop Group which operates a number of leisure brands. Today, the Atlas Travel Group is one of Ireland’s largest independent travel agencies. “We donate ZAR 750.00 per booking to South Africa to Chipembere Rhino Foundation to contribute to the protection of rhino, as well as another ZAR 750.00 per booking to the Cape Leopard Trust. As such, a total of ZAR 1,500.00 is collected from each booking by our local Ground Handler, Tour D’Afrique, and proceeds are transferred quarterly to the two organisations,” explains Migliarina. “Most of our Safari sales in South Africa are based around the Eastern Cape Game reserves, so most of our clients benefit from the protection of these precious and endangered animals.” Migliarina says that GoHop.ie originally initiated their fundraising efforts with Springbok Atlas and later with Tour D’Afrique. “There is now a much greater awareness of the plight of rhinos in Ireland, thanks to the efforts of Dr William Fowlds, a number of talks on local radio stations as well as a high-profile theft involving black rhino horn from the National Museum of...
Collaboration Intensifies Rhino Protection in EC with K9 Cyrus

Collaboration Intensifies Rhino Protection in EC with K9 Cyrus

Rhino protection in the Eastern Cape has been intensified with the deployment of Cyrus, a new K9 anti-poaching team member, thanks to a multi-year collaboration among several local organisations with collective passion to protect our wildlife. Cyrus, a specially-trained four-year-old Sable Shepherd, recently joined the Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) at the local Kariega Game Reserve, following a three-year project representing a partnership between Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF), K9DPS (Bronyx K9 Training College), RAGES (The Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species), Global Conservation Force (GCF) and Kariega Game Reserve. Cyrus is one of five trained CRF K9s that have been deployed to Eastern Cape anti-poaching units and are on active duty. CRF, the local registered non-profit and public benefit organisation in support of rhino protection, is the facilitator of the K9 programme in the Eastern Cape, due to its solid reputation, credibility and significant experience in project managing K9 units on the ground. CRF oversees and project manages the Kariega unit, and provides additional training, expertise and guidance to the handler.   Specifically bred and highly trained by Aidon, Cardel and Anthony Lippstreu from Bronyx K9 Training College, Cyrus was donated to CRF and housed at Sardinia Bay Kennels in Port Elizabeth during his three years of training. When Kariega approached CRF for assistance with establishing K9 operations on the reserve, CRF decided it would be suitable to donate Cyrus to Kariega. “Cyrus is very special to us and has mastered his highly specialised skills with drive and enthusiasm over the last three years,” says Aidon Lippstreu from K9DPS. “He is skilled in tracking, obedience and protection and we are very...
Lucky coffee-loving rhino supporter wins all-expense paid trip

Lucky coffee-loving rhino supporter wins all-expense paid trip

  Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists in collaboration with Chipembere Rhino Foundation awarded one lucky coffee-loving rhino supporter an all-expenses paid* trip to Hillsnek Safari Camp. A national campaign launched in July 2018 to drive sales of the #roastedforacause coffee blend encouraged customers to purchase a 250g bag of Mastertons Chipembere Rhino Blend, R5 from every purchased is donated to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) to aid their rhino conservation efforts. Entrants captured their unique code and contact details on the Mastertons website. To increase their chances of winning, entrants were legible to enter each time they purchased the Mastertons Chipembere Rhino Blend over the campaign period. The winner, Ron Verheij, chosed by random draw, was announced on Saturday, World Rhino Day, 22nd September.     Verheij and his partner will enjoy a 2-night stay at HillsNek Safari Camp which is positioned in the Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa. This intimate family-run lodge set on the banks of the Bushman’s River offers an extraordinary safari experience where privacy and personalised attention is the hallmark of every stay. The campaign seeked to boost all contributions to Chipembere Rhino Foundation. Funding received through the sales of Mastertons Chipembere Rhino Coffee Blend is used to establish and maintain anti-poaching K9 teams in the Eastern Cape while also training anti-poaching K9s to track and apprehend suspected poachers, and to provide invaluable assistance at poaching crime scenes. For more information about Mastertons Chipembere Rhino Coffee Blend or for stockist details, please visit...
SAMBA Motorcycle Tours Donates R14,000 to CRF

SAMBA Motorcycle Tours Donates R14,000 to CRF

The CRF team was recently delighted to receive a R14,000 donation from SAMBA Motorcycle Tours, which will support CRF’s ongoing projects to create rhino conservation awareness and fund critical anti-poaching interventions. “We have a passion for Rhinos!” says Thomas and Nina Assenmacher, owners of SAMBA Motorcycle Tours, a tour operator specialising in motorbike tours – specifically Harley-Davidson tours – about their recent donation to CRF. “Many of our tours visit the Eastern Cape game reserves and experience the unique opportunity to see some of the few last remaining rhinos in the wild. We decided we wanted to contribute to the protection of our rhino and the idea was born to support Chipembere Rhino Foundation by donating R100 for every client that travels with SAMBA Tours. In this way, we can make a sustainable contribution to the fight against rhino poaching.” Thomas was born and bred in Germany and had passion for exploring the country on his motorcycle. In 1998, Thomas and Nina moved to South Africa, where they started a motorcycle touring business. As a registered tourist guide, Thomas has been showing off his new home – and its magnificent wildlife – to clients for the past 17 years, both from the back of a motorcycle and from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. The company creates custom-designed itineraries for clients, whether they want to explore South Africa on a motorbike on their own, join in a guided tours or embark on an African motorbike expedition. SAMBA Motorcycle Tours also supports a small country school in Oudtshoorn and the Urban Caracal Project in Cape Town on a similar basis....

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